First flu diagnosed at Pullman campus
A patient at Health and Wellness Services (HWS) recently tested positive for influenza A, the first confirmed case in the clinic for this flu season.People can stop by the HWS clinic, located on the first floor of the Washington Building, any morning during office hours to get a flu shot for $25.

For more information about the flu or medical services, see ONLINE @ or call 335-3575.
Snow and sunshine have combined at times this month to make WSU Pullman sparkle. See more at the photo gallery ONLINE @

IMPACT names interim director
Ron Mittelhammer, Regents professor and director of the School of Economic Sciences, has been named interim director for the International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities & Trade (IMPACT) Center.Former director Thomas Wahl accepted a position as a chair at North Dakota State University.

The center is undergoing assessment of its operations, strategic direction and resources, Mittelhammer said. For more on the IMPACT Center, see ONLINE @

Grad student grant requests due Feb. 1
WSU graduate students have until Feb. 1 to apply for the first round of professional development grants designed to hone leadership, team and/or interpersonal skills.Funding comes from the Graduate School, which oversees the program and is partnering with the Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA).

“Our faculty in the 2006 Graduate Education Commission report provide strong recommendations for the Graduate School to promote leadership opportunities,” said Howard Grimes, dean of the Graduate School. “We are responding to this faculty initiative.” Details and application materials are ONLINE

Faculty sought for climate-change teach-in
Focus the Nation, a nationwide teach-in on solutions to global climate change, will be Thursday, Jan. 31, and WSU faculty are being sought to participate.Presentations, posters and class involvement in afternoon lectures/discussions are some of the opportunities.

Contact Lynne Carpenter-Boggs at with your ideas. See the WSU website ONLINE @

Chemical inventory due Jan. 31
An inventory of more than 300 “chemicals of interest” needs to be submitted by Jan. 31 by WSU faculty, staff, contractors and tenants who use, store or distribute the chemicals.Locations and quantities may be submitted to WSU Environmental Health & Safety ONLINE @

The inventory is a new regulation that’s part of the antiterrorism mission of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.For more information, contact EH&S at 335-3041.

Faculty study-abroad proposals due Feb. 15
Applications are being accepted through Feb. 15 for three grants of $2,000 to faculty individuals or teams to develop a proposal to lead a study-abroad program. Awards will be announced by March 14.

Programs developed through these awards will take place in summer 2009 or during the 2009-10 academic year.Application forms and guidelines are available from International Programs, Bryan 206, ONLINE @, or via e-mail from Mary Stout, or 335-2541.